Culinary no-no #641

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

Had a craving the other day for a particular sandwich I haven’t enjoyed for a long
time. So I stopped on the south side of Milwaukee for some lunch takeout.

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Those babies are usually kind of big,  like mini footballs. So I had half for lunch, and the next day I finished it off at about 9:00 that evening after working at a basketball game. Delicious.

Suddenly in the middle of the night I was awakened, not because my stomach was off kilter, but I had been dreaming. No shock there. I dream all the time. Nothing that would make for a best-selling novel. Just simple ordinary stuff. However that night was a bit different. This wasn’t on the scale of a nightmare. I didn’t experience fear or despair. No one died or got injured. I wasn’t abducted by aliens. Sparing the details I’ll just say it was a bad dream.

Was it that blasted gyro? I haven’t devoured one in awhile, and I typically don’t have bad dreams. Did the gyro, dripping in all that sauce with pungent onions cause my mind discomfort? Maybe. Research shows certain foods may result in dreams you’d rather not experience.

A 2015 study  published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology investigated the notion that foods can influence our nightly dreams. Questionnaires were given to 396 Canadian University students asking if they had noticed if foods produced bizarre or disturbing dreams and if eating late at night affected their dreams.

Of the study participants, 17.8% did express their belief that food impacted their dream life. The researchers considered this finding to be significant.

Dairy products, including milk, cheese, and ice cream caused disturbing dreams for 44% and bizarre dreams for 39% of the respondents.

Spicy foods were next on the list, delivering disturbing dreams in 19% of reports. Sweet foods tended to cause dreams that were more bizarre than anything else, not necessarily horrifying or scary. Sweet foods were associated more with bizarre (27%) than disturbing dreams (13%). Further, 26 subjects reported that eating late affected dreaming; eating late (my 9:00pm gyro) was most commonly associated with disturbing or nightmarish dreams (47.2%), but was also associated with bizarre dreams (22.2%).

If you buy into this study then it follows that if you eat spicy cheese just before bed, you’re bound to have a nightmare. Here are more items that could cause crazy dreams.

And finally, this video from the Wall Street Journal.


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ICYMI, Culinary no-no #641

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